It was fantastic to celebrate two different milestones in two unique projects at the heart of the city centre in recent weeks.
The 100 day countdown to the opening of the refurbished and reinvigorated Aberdeen Art Gallery fell on Thursday and excitement is building as the November 2 date looms large on the calendar.
Meanwhile, the painstaking refurbishment of Provost Skene’s House has begun and it was a pleasure to tour the building to mark the start of the work and be given an insight into the project by the Council’s in-house team which is leading on the work.
Both projects will create visitor attractions that will appeal to residents and tourists, important strands in the work being done to expand Aberdeen’s cultural appeal.
With the Gallery in the final stages of fit-out, with the meticulous job of installing the artworks from the city’s renowned collections in full flow.
With more than £30million being invested in the Gallery to revive and reimagine one of the city’s best loved venues, we look forward to the opening of a truly world class facility.
The collections I mention are coveted globally, with pieces in demand from museums and galleries across Europe and beyond, and it’s fitting that we will have a Gallery to match.
The expansion will increase the number of exhibits on display from 300 to around 1000 and the visitor experience will be dramatically enhanced. We look forward to sharing updates as the opening draws closer.
Provost Skene’s House is a smaller project in scope and scale but an important one. It’s about preserving and protecting the heritage of the building but also bringing it back to life in a new way, celebrating more than 100 remarkable individuals from Aberdeen who have had a global influence.
It will be an all-new visitor attraction and when combined with the international appeal of the Gallery, the vibrancy of Broad Street – which has been seen at its very best as a civic space during the great summer weather – and the burgeoning events programme that has been developed there’s a real momentum building.
With P&J Live’s opening also rapidly approaching, it’s a hugely important period and one that we can all take great pride in.
Our reputation as a destination is growing and residents too are also embracing the real shift there has been and the next steps that are just around the corner. Aberdeen is a modern, dynamic city and it’s brilliant to see all of the important pieces falling into place.
Cllr Jenny Laing and Cllr Douglas Lumsden